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Gameday Thread, #22: 4/29 vs. Cubs


Ian Kennedy
RHP, 0-1, 4.43


Ted Lilly
LHP, 1-0, 3.00

Some things just never get old: I can watch them forever, without them losing their appeal, and they are every bit as fresh and entertaining as the first time.. Fawlty Towers. Blade Runner. Game Seven of the 2001 World Series. And after the jump, you'll find another example


Ah, that was fun. If you can tear your eyes away from it, here is the Diamondbacks' line-up for today.

  1. Kelly Johnson 2B
  2. Stephen Drew SS
  3. Justin Upton RF
  4. Mark Reynolds 3B
  5. Adam LaRoche 1B
  6. Chris Young CF
  7. Cole Gillespie LF
  8. Chris Snyder C
  9. Ian Kennedy RHP

In his first two appearances against us after the little tantrum shown above, Lilly pitched two quality starts and got the W in both games, but his control let him down last time he faced Arizona. He walked four in five innings, helping to lead to five earned runs, so perhaps we finally figured him out. Chris Young has particularly good numbers against Lilly, even discounting the post-season home-run shown above: he's 5-for-12, with all the hits being for extra-bases. Adam LaRoche is 6-for-15 and Kelly Johnson 3-for-8.

After yesterday's eight-inning outing by the bullpen, they got some help with the arrival of Daniel Stange, who will likely make his debut today - Chad Qualls and, perhaps, Juan Gutierrez are the other two who should probably be more or less available. However, if we can get eight innings from Ian Kennedy, like he gave us last time out against the Phillies, that'll be just dandy. It may help that none of the current Cubs have seen him before. We're coming off back-to-back series wins against teams that made the playoffs in 2009, so we'll see if we can keep rolling here.

During the current day-game streak, SnakeBytes will be posted in the evening, as there's not much point in rushing up a list of recaps when the next game starts about an hour later!